Mayor John Biggs has issued a statement in an attempt to reassure Tower Hamlets Homes residents after the fire at Grenfell Tower in West London.
After a meeting with senior housing and safety officials to review fire safety in the council’s housing stock, Susmita Sen, Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets Homes (THH) has written to all residents to reassure them that safety is the Council’s number one priority and set out the practical steps they can take to protect themselves from unnecessary fire risks (see below).
The letter from THH can be read here and it is states that all nine hundred Tower Hamlets Homes blocks have had Fire Risk Assessments carried out in the last nine months by qualified fire risk assessors to ensure that buildings remain safe and identify any issues.
According to THH most tenanted flats have smoke detectors installed and many have new fire-rated front doors. More fire suppressing front doors will be renewed later this year.
If THH tenants don’t have have a smoke alarm they should call 0207 364 5015.
The council says that it is also in contact with local Registered Providers – Housing Associations that run independently from the council – to check they are also reviewing their fire safety advice.
“Resident safety is our top priority and so the council is looking closely at what lessons we can learn from the Grenfell Tower tragedy,” said Mayor Biggs in a press statement.
“The work Tower Hamlets Homes has carried out means that all 900 THH blocks have been Fire Risk Assessed in the last nine months and we are working to address any issues raised.”
“The council will continue to work with THH, other landlords and residents to ensure fire safety is prioritised. We are also reviewing and encouraging RPs to check the situation of all blocks, particularly high rise blocks, which have had cladding added, as this is inevitably a very topical and immediate concern.”
“I would strongly urge all residents to take this opportunity to think again about their own personal fire safety at home. Checking your smoke alarm is working and keeping escape routes clear and fire doors closed could make a world of difference in the event of a fire.”
Basic fire safety advice
- Make sure you have a working smoke alarm in your home
- Keep balconies free from clutter
- Please don’t leave rubbish or bikes in communal areas or obstruct escape routes
- Make sure you are familiar with your building and know your nearest exit
- If you are a smoker please do not smoke in common areas of the block
- Always fully extinguish cigarettes smoked in your home and dispose of them carefully and safely